Scoff if you must, Metallica purists. But to me, the Black album will always be James, Lars, Kirk and Jason at their best. And it turns 25 this month. Their landmark album came out in August 1991. While ‘Garage Days’ was my first taste of Metallica as a kid (and it tasted damn good), this was the collection of tunes that solidified my love of Metallica.
From the things I’ve seen and read, this album took well over a year to record, cost tons of money to produce and led to divorces for three of the four members of the band.
The Black album was just weeks old when I began as a college radio jock in the fall of 1991. This was one of the first tunes introduced to me in the old rotation rack and I fell in love with it instantly.
This tune ranks as my favorite on this album and is among my all-time Metallica favorites.
How about you? What’s your favorite ‘Black Album’ tune?
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